John Paulson: Distressed assets best opportunity in a lifetime

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The overall stock market may be declining, but that does not mean there are no bargains to be had.  Witness this article about John Paulson, the famed hedge fund manager who made billions shorting stocks over the past years.

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Distressed assets offer the best investment opportunities this year as the global recession may be deeper than consensus, billionaire investor John Paulson said.

“The decline in the market has created very good buying opportunity,” Paulson, whose New York-based hedge fund Paulson & Co. oversees about $30 billion, said in a speech at a hedge- fund seminar hosted by Societe Generale in Tokyo today. “Distressed opportunity in the U.S. is shaping up to be the best opportunity in a lifetime.”

Paulson cited the health, consumer staples and pharmaceutical industries as providing attractive investment options. He said he was taking a “neutral exposure” to equity markets.

Paulson’s flagship fund returned 37 percent last year, compared with a loss of 19 percent for hedge funds worldwide on average. His Credit Opportunities Fund soared almost sixfold in 2007 on bets that subprime mortgages would plummet.

Paulson’s funds made more than $3 billion for the firm in 2007 by judging that the U.S. housing market and subprime mortgages would collapse.

Source
Paulson Likes Distressed Assets, Says Recession May Be Deeper – Bloomberg.com

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